Iran: URGENT call to authorities to stop imminent executions

Please write to the Iranian authorities calling on them to halt executions of nine people arrested in relation to protests following the disputed presidential elections. The Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) international solidarity network urges the Islamic Republic of Iran to halt the executions of political prisoners sentenced to death. The prisoners’ trials did not meet international or even national legal standards set up by the laws of Islamic Republic. The accused faced ambiguous charges of Mahrab, meaning “enmity against God.” Moreover, after the officially confirmed deaths of at least two while in detention, the Iranian public and the international community are greatly alarmed about the extent of torture used against Iranian political prisoners in an attempt to coerce confessions.

Furthermore, the news of the executions of Arash Rahmanipour, 20, and Mohammad Reza Alizamani, 37, who were tried without presence of a lawyer  of their own on January 28, has sent shock waves through international human rights circles. The executions were particularly appalling because they happened publicly therefore further dehumanising the accused while simultaneously intimidating the public.  Additionally, on 1 February, the Iranian Judiciary Chief Assistant openly announced that “Nine more people are to be executed shortly”.

Women Living Under Muslim Laws joins other transnational civil society groups and organizations in calling for an immediate halt to the executions. We ask the Islamic Republic of Iran to honour its international commitments and to uphold human rights as expressed by its candidacy in the Human Rights Council (2006) and as a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. 

We therefore respectfully maintain that the Iranian state, as a member of the international community and the United Nations is obligated to uphold its international commitments and should respect international law to ensure that all of the arrested protestors receive fair and transparent trials.

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Please write to:

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,
Office of the President,
Pasteur Avenue,

Leader of the Islamic Republic
Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Islamic Republic Street – End of
Shahid Keshvar Doust Street, Tehran,
Islamic Republic of Iran
via website: (English)
Salutation: Your Excellency

Head of the Judiciary in Tehran
Mr Ali Reza Avaei
Karimkhan Zand Avenue
Sana’i Avenue, Corner of Ally 17, No 152
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Salutation: Dear Mr Avaei

And copies to:

Director, Human Rights Headquarters of Iran
His Excellency Mohammad Javad Larijani
Bureau of International Affairs, Office
of the Head of the Judiciary, Pasteur
St., Vali Asr Ave. south of Serah-e
Jomhouri, Tehran 1316814737,
Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: + 98 21 5 537 8827 (please keep trying)


The Ambassador
Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran
16, Princes Gate
London SW7 1PT
Fax: 0044 20 7 589 4440

The Ambassador
Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: 00 32 2 7623915

The Ambassador
Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: 0033 1 407 00157


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